CIA Report Summary: Obama, McCain and Brennan react

President Obama says torture did not serve American interests

  • Obama: 'These techniques did significant damage to America’s standing in the world and made it harder to pursue our interests with allies and partners'. 

McCain praises the report, CIA director questions it

  • Senator John McCain: 'I believe the American people have a right – indeed, a responsibility – to know what was done in their name; how these practices did or did not serve our interests; and how they comported with our most important values'. 
  • CIA Director John Brennan: ' The intelligence gained from the program was critical to our understanding of Al-Qaeda and continues to inform our counterterrorism efforts to this day'. 

CIA publishes fact sheet following report publication

  • CIA issues reminder that it stopped using torture methods in 2009; reiterates claim that intelligence garnered from enhanced interrogation helped U.S find Osama Bin Laden. 

However, p.380 of the report says torture played no role in finding Bin Laden

  • Obtaining of the most valuable or critical Intelligence on courier who led to Bin Laden's location 'was not related to the use of the CIA's enhanced interrogation techniques'.  

The CIA Report's Key Findings